I added a bit of hand-stitching, but it was purely for decoration! You can make these bags without it! You can always use a fabric pen to draw on the mouths, scars, and other desired details.
Here’s the how-to:
Prep-work: Cut out all your pieces. For one bag you need:
4: 11.5 x 14 (These will be your front/back pieces)
4: 2.5 x 14 (These will be your TWO side pieces)
2: 2.5 x 11.5 (These will be your bottom piece)
Design your faces & cut the pieces out.
(My templates can be downloaded HERE tomorrow, scanner is not working right now)
Tips before you start: Don’t hot glue the entire edge and then try to press the pieces together, the glue will most likely be dry and you wont get a strong bond. Glue/press as you go.
1. Hot glue your design to one of the 11.5 x 14 pieces. You can also hand-stitch mouths, scars, etc.
2. Hot glue the 2 back pieces together. I glued around the inside edge of each piece, pressing the two pieces together. Hot glue the 2 sets of side pieces together. MAKE SURE you leave one end of both side pieces unglued (you will insert the strap here later). Hot glue the 2 bottom pieces together. This will leave you with two side pieces, one bottom piece and one back piece.
3. Hot glue the remaining front piece to the back of the piece you created in Step 1. I glued it on after I had designed the face so all exposed thread & felt pieces would be covered up (not visable from the inside of the finished bag). Glue around the inside edges and press together.
4. Make sure the open-end of the side piece is at the top of the bag. Lining this piece up with the back of the piece created in step 1, hot glue the inside edges together. Repeat for the other side.
5. Fold over the side piece. Line up the back-piece with the edge of the side piece and hot glue the inside edges together. Repeat for the other side.
6. At this point your bag should be assembled, except for the bottom and the strap. Grab the bottom piece and line up it’s corner to the bag’s corner.
7. Hot glue the corner directly into the inside corner of the bag. This presses your corner out a bit.
8-9. Lining up the edges, and hot-gluing as you go, attach the bottom piece to the bag.
10. Cut a 20×3 inch strap. Press each side in and hot glue it down. This creates a stiff strap.
11. Insert the strap into the open edge of the side piece. Hot glue around the front/back of the strap. Press the open slot closed, securing it around the strap end. Repeat for the other side.
Not bad, eh?!
A huge thanks to Joann’s for supplying me with all the materials needed for this project!
It was fun to make something for my kids.
Have a Happy Halloween!
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